Home Learning

You may be having trouble accessing some of the online learning resources, eg TTRockstars. With most children now at home and many adults working from home, servers and internet services face a massively increased load. Please be patient and use non-internet suggestions for working at home. Don’t forget to keep looking at this page for more ideas from St Mary’s teachers.

Also, please remember that this is not home-schooling and you are not expected to be your child’s teacher. Do some reading, do some writing, do some maths – but use the novelty of being at home too: telling the time, cooking, shopping and money, seasons and growing/living things around them, helping out, child-led learning/projects, drawing/sketching and definitely time to play.

Home Learning

Our advice is that you should plan and maintain a structured timetable and limit the amount of screen-time. Include some reading, writing and maths every day, but be realistic about how much time your child should spend ‘working’ (and definitely try not to get stressed if things don’t workout how you expect!). There are a number of online daily activities you could build your timetable around (some listed below) but do make time for creativity, child-led activities (projects/research/own interest), and play.

Jo Wicks workouts (live on Youtube at 9am but available afterwards); Diverse Dance 10 mins dance workouts (Facebook Live at 1.30pm)

Carol Vorderman maths (10am and currently free to join)

David Walliams elevenses

cooking with Jamie Oliver

music with Mylene Klass

Harold the giraffe from the LifeEd Bus has his own daily diary

I’m sure there will be many more of these to follow…


There are free audio stories on David Walliams site, and at audible. Free ebooks at Oxford Owl. (We are planning how best to get replacement reading books from the school library home.)


Your teachers will put up weekly activities on their Class Home-Learning pages:

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5 (look at Year 6 page for additional English ideas)| Year 6  [year 6 maths & computing]

ELSA page

Most of the activities will be reviewing and consolidating work already done by your child this year. However, we are working now on how we will deliver the remainder of this year’s curriculum if the closure continues after Easter.


There are some excellent STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) activities specifically created for home-learning here.

These documents are full of ideas for music learning at home: reception | years 1 & 2 | years 3 – 6 (thank you to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Poole for these).



If you are desperate for worksheets, these have been prepared by another Multi-Academy Trust and may form part of our provision in the event of future closing; they are part of the Learning Project for Parents.

Information for Parents
Please click on Learning Project Overview PARENTS to understand how the projects work. Once you have read this click on the project you want and download the PDF.

EYFS Projects

Week 1 – View Here
week 2 – View Here
Week 3 – View Here
Week 4 – View Here
Week 5 – View Here
Week 6 – View Here
Week 7 – View Here

KS1 Projects

Week 1 – View Here
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Week 6 – View Here
Week 7 – View Here

Y3/4 Projects

Week 1 – View Here
week 2 – View Here
Week 3 – View Here
Week 4 – View Here
Week 5 – View Here
Week 6 – View Here
Week 7 – View Here

Y5/6 Projects

Week 1 – View Here
week 2 – View Here
Week 3 – View Here
Week 4 – View Here
Week 5 – View Here
Week 6 – View Here
Week 7 – View Here

Coronavirus

New guidance and information will be linked from the home page as we get it.

Latest update: 16 March 2020

Green Team Litter Pick

Members of the Green Team invited volunteers from their class to a litter pick around the area outside the school grounds. Despite extremely muddy conditions, they collected a considerable amount of litter along with helpers from Litter-Free Purbeck.

Year 1 visit Corfe Castle

Year 1 visited a rather wet and windy Corfe Castle. We had to abandon our (slightly ambitious) plans for lunch in the castle, but we did learn about how many soldiers could defend Corfe Castle (only 40), how long Oliver Cromwell’s men spent blowing it up (9 months) and where King John did his business!

The children showed great resilience and good humour and Mr Wollen and Mrs Dunster were very proud of them.

This is before we went in and were still relatively dry!

Relationships & Sex Education

From September 2020 all primary schools have a statutory duty to teach Relationships & Sex Education (RSE). Department of Education guidance is available on the DFE website.

Our multi-academy Trust, Plymouth CAST has produced an RSE policy to meet these requirements that is also in line with the teaching of the Catholic Church and which will be adopted across all its academies, including St Mary’s. This policy is now open to parents for a consultation period and is available on the policies page. If you would like a paper copy, please ask in the office. The consultation runs from now until the 20th March.

The guidance recommends that schools should ensure that, when they consult with parents, they provide examples of the resources that they plan to use as this can be reassuring for parents and enables them to continue the conversations started in class at home. We have therefore also made available a document that breaks down in more detail what children will be taught. This document, RSE A Model Primary Catholic Curriculum, shows the content different age groups will be learning. Much of this is taken from an online resource teachers will be using called Life to the Full. Parents are able to log in to see some of the resources at https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal/
Parent login is as follows:

Username:         st-marys-bh19

Password:          mary-19

In addition, there will be a meeting for parents who would like more information or have any questions about the school’s teaching of RSE in the school hall on Thursday 26th March at 7.30 pm.

Mass with Bishop Mark

A big thank you to everyone who came to Mass yesterday and sang for Bishop Mark – the children sang the new year 6 song – ‘It starts with just one feeling’ – Bishop Mark really enjoyed the song and was especially impressed with its links to Laudato Si.

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